Deaths for February 22, 2013

Feb. 21, 2013 @ 06:49 PM

Sandra Marsh, Monroe
Robert Napier, Waxhaw
Donald Reid, Weddington
Shirley Taylor, Indian Trail
Mary Threatt, Marshville

Sandra Marsh
Sandra Austin Hefner Marsh, age 59, of Monroe, peacefully departed this world for Heaven on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.  Known as Sandy by most, she was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.  She fought a good fight since her cancer diagnosis in February of 2012 and remained faithful to her Savior, Jesus Christ, until the very end.
Sandy was the daughter of the late Robert Nance Austin and Dorothy Byrd Austin of Charlotte.  She was also preceded in death by her sister, Patsy Johnson.  Sandy attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte but spent her adult life in the western part of Union County.  Sandy formerly worked for J.H. Plumbing Company, Call Printing, and Arnold Palmer Cadillac.  But she is most remembered for her passionate work as a telecommunicator for Union County 911.  She had a genuine caring heart for every emergency worker she dispatched.  She was always proud to announce she had two sons in law enforcement which reminded her that every person on the other end of the radio had a mother too.  She attended Southbrook Church in Weddington and was never shy about sharing her faith in the Lord.  Known as “Nama” to her grandchildren, Sandy lived a joyful life full of laughter and smiles.  She found her greatest happiness just being a wonderful mother and grandmother.
In addition to her mother, Dorothy Austin of Charlotte, Sandy is survived by her two sons:  Matt Hefner and wife, Nikki of Monroe, and Chris Hefner and wife, Kelly of Rock Hill, SC; and one step-daughter:  Landis Marsh of Roper, NC.  She was proud of her five grandchildren:  Gracey, Cameron, Chloe, Jack, Deacon, and her special sixth grandchild, Brooke Whitaker.  She also is survived by one sister: Martha Phillips and husband, Bud; one brother:  Kevin Austin; former husband and father of her children:  John Hefner, and his long time companion, Lynda McCorkle; her favorite long time friend, Ruth Hefner; and many dear nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Home in Weddington on Friday, February 22, 2013, from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.  Funeral services will be held at Sardis Baptist Church in Indian Trail on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at 10am, with Pastor Geoffrey Janes officiating.  The graveside service will follow at Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Weddington.
In Lieu of flowers, Sandy wished for donations to be made to:  Firefighters for the Cure, 6628 Mill Grove Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079 or Hospice of Union County.

Robert Napier
R. Flynn Napier, 70 of Waxhaw, NC went to be with the Lord on February 20, 2013.  He was born on August 22, 1942 to the late Robert Jackson Napier and Manie Moore.  He is survived by his wife, Dianne Gilland Napier, of Waxhaw, NC, daughter Katherine Napier-Pink and husband Steve Pink of Sumter, SC, daughter Anna Napier-Hood and husband Daniel Hood of Charlotte, NC, brother Shields and wife Brenda Napier of Charlotte, NC, sister Carlotta Napier-Upton of Albemarle, sister Jacquelyn Napier-Ford and husband Walter of Lenoir, NC, and grandchildren Gabriella, Olivia, and Penelope Pink.  Mr. Napier also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.  
Robert was also a graduate from Wingate University and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  Robert enjoyed traveling, fly fishing and bird watching.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Grace academy, Matthews NC “Building Fund” P.O. Box 2553 Matthews, NC 28106 or Sumter Young Life 232 West Calhoun Street, Sumter SC 29150.
Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel.  An online guestbook is available at

Donald Reid
Mr. Donald Eugene Reid “Don”, beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend, 76, of Weddington, NC passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in his home surrounded by his family.  
He was a native of Union County, and born July 28, 1936 son of the late Bradley Stacy Reid, Sr. and Margaret Gordon Reid, he is also preceded in death by a brother, Bradley Reid, Jr.  
He was a proud veteran of the United States Army.  Don was retired from dairy farming, where he had worked hard for over 60 years with his father and brother.  He was a kind man and completely devoted to his family.  He enjoyed working outdoors and watching NASCAR racing.  
Don was married to the love of his life, Brenda Bridges Reid, for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Brenda and their two children, Donna Reid Pressley and D. Scott Reid, both of Weddington, his daughter-in-law, Karen Woodward Reid and granddaughter, Staci Marie Reid, both of Monroe, NC; sister-in-law, Beverly M. Reid, of Weddington, sisters, Dorothy R. Matthews, of Weddington, Edith R. Gathings, of Charlotte, Virginia “Jenny” R. Cook and husband Edward, of Indian Land, SC and several special nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM in Gordon Funeral Chapel.  The family will receive friends following the service.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the doctors and nurses at CMC Main and CMC Pineville, as well as the staff of Hospice & Palliative Care.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, 1420 East Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204.
Gordon Funeral & Cremation Service, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe, NC 28112 is caring for the Reid family.  Online condolences may be made at

Shirley Taylor
Mrs. Shirley Ann Deputy Taylor, 76, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews.
 Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Faith Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn East Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
 Shirley was born April 22, 1936 in Charlotte, daughter of the late Albert C. and Essie Mae Deputy. She retired from management with Eckerd’s Drug Stores and was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Eugene Taylor in 2009.
 Shirley is survived by hers sons, Larry Eugene Taylor of Charlotte and Douglas Wayne Taylor and wife, Tracie, of Indian Trail; grandchildren, Douglas Wayne Taylor, Benjamin Mac Taylor and wife, Hillary, Katrina Ann Taylor and Larry Gene Taylor and wife, Sarah; great-grandchildren, Benton Alan Taylor, Taylor Alan Richards, Destiny Ann Garrison and Christian Richards; very special nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Bob and Lola Bradley of Alabama.
 Online condolences may at
Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Indian Trail, is serving the family of Mr. Taylor.

Mary Threatt
Mrs. Mary Louise Privette Simpson Threatt, 98, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the Brian Center in Monroe.
Mrs. Threatt was born March 11, 1914 in Gaston County N.C., daughter of the late Issac Lonnie and Carrie Perkins Privette. She was also preceded in death by two husbands, Jason Marshall Simpson and Oscar Threatt; a daughter and her husband: Joyce Baucom and William Alfred Baucom Jr. Also twelve siblings preceded Mrs. Threatt in death. 
Graveside services will be 2 p.m.. Friday, February 22, 2013 at Lakeland Memorial Park, with Reverend Dale Brooks officiating. 
Survivors include one son, Bobby Neal Simpson and wife Rebecca of Marshville N.C.; five grandchildren;  eleven great grandchildren;  six great great grandchildren.
 Online condolences may be offered at
McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Threatt.